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Merit Makers

Thanks go out this week to Mathew Judd, Rose Storms, Sandy Carlson, Paul Krebs, Gity Kazemian, Royden Saah, Patrick McGinity, Barbara Qurollo and Elise Strevel for all their hard work with Habitat for Humanity, Saturday, June 15. Also working with them were Mormons, Lutherans, Baptists, Muslims and Americorps volunteers.

Thanks go out this week to Abbie Adams-Yaffe and Naga Dhoopati for their dedicated efforts during our seasonal clean last Saturday. For Abbie, it was her first time to the Center! Our team cleaned nooks and crannies for 3 hours while Julie Lewis, from the All Star Mowing team, cut the grass. Thanks to all the Dakinis and their amazing efforts to get our Center cleaned.

Thanks go out this week to Aaron Harris for his diligent work on Dharma sorting. He spent 3 days lovingly separating Holy Images to be stored from the Dharma no longer needed to be burned. Thanks also to Tim Mulhern for taking his time to burn the Dharma with a good mind and heartfelt practice. Thanks guys, our office has more space now!

A lot of work goes into hosting a visiting teacher at Kadampa Center–planning, organizing volunteers, and being on hand in the gompa to help everything run smoothly. Big thanks to our Visiting Teachers team - Linda Saah, Suzy Boehm and Laura Carballo - and to every volunteer who pitched in!

Thanks go out this week to Larry Sleeper for filling in the bookstore to keep things running on Sundays. So many people have benefited from items such as holy objects and Dharma books, to gifts for loved ones. We appreciate you Larry and your happiness to step in! We are in need of more volunteers, so let us know if you are happy to help.

Thanks go out this week to Elise and David Strevel for providing bird feeders for our site. We now have birds flying from one end to the other! Hopefully some will circumambulate the stupa in their travels. We also could use more bird seed now that we have so many feeders! It's takes a whole lot of people to make our Center thrive and we appreciate you Elise and David!

Thanks go out this week to Jason Jenkins and Karen Beesley for kindly offering to greet folks on Sunday mornings. It's nice to walk into the Center and see happy smiling faces. Being a Greeter is a wonderful way to offer service to the Center and all who enter. If you want to be that happy, welcoming face, sign up on our website! Thanks Jason and Karen, you are appreciated!

Thanks go out this week to Larry Sleeper who decided to show his love for the Center and make our garden beds more beautiful by picking the weeds. It's a large task to keep our gardens thriving and anyone is welcome to assist. Thank you Larry for taking care of our grounds with a smile.

Thanks go out this week to David Strevel, Patrick McGinity, Barry Judge and Michael Flaherty for taking their time to finish laying the flooring in the education building. Now the Family Program can fully use the building and have discussions and classes in two rooms again!

Thanks go out this week to Kolleen Mitchell for donating several of her lovely wraps to our collection. It's nice to have something to throw around your shoulders if you get cool in the gompa or to wear for modesty if need be. We love to be able to offer items like wraps and footies to our visitors and members. Anyone is welcome to bring more! Thanks Kolleen for your kind generosity.

Thanks go out this week to Tim Mulhern for offering funds to purchase a new rug for the shoe area by the bench. Our last rug was on it's way out for a long time as many have tried to clean it and trim back the fraying edges to make it last. Thanks to your generosity Tim, we are looking a little spiffier and can let impermanence play it's role. Now what will we put on the wish list next?

Thanks go out this week to Dorothy Robson, David Strevel, Michael Flaherty and Joey Gooch for laying our new flooring in the education building. We will now be able to keep our children's classroom more clean and allergy free. Thank for taking time out on a rainy work day to spend time together making our Center more functional for all! We appreciate you all.

Thanks go out this week to our Adopt-a-Stream team that spent their Saturday morning making our world prettier and cleaner! Dorothy Robson & Dylan Hatfield, Sandra & Alex Hess, Olivea Gomez& Vivian Magarino-Gomez, David & Elise Strevel, Julia McCollum and Barry Judge pulled 8 bags of trash out of the Johnson Lake shore. We appreciate you guys and so does our world.

Thanks go out this week to Tom Stanton for becoming a new Wednesday trash/recycling tidy up guy. We always need help keeping things clean and tidy around here and Tom is a new volunteer offering help. Thanks for your joyful effort Tom, you are appreciated!

Thanks go out this week to our seasonal cleaning crew of Gary Mickey, Elise Strevel and Joey Gooch. They gave up a gorgeous Saturday morning to clean our windows so the stupa view is unobstructed, make our lobby and library tidy and make our bathrooms sparkle.

Steve Hale has stepped down as a Board Member and a puja was offered on his behalf at Kopan with this dedication: "For the dedication and amazing offering of service by Steve Hale at Kadampa Center.

Thanks go out this week to Patti Pandya, Gary Mickey and Venerable Lhamo for assisting in setting up the Tara altar on a consistent basis when we have Saturday sessions of "Making Praises to the 21 Taras." There is a lot of work that goes into moving furniture, setting up the altar, transferring the Taras into place and making everything beautiful so participants may make offerings before the

Thanks go out this week to Joey Gooch for spending many hours polishing the prayer wheels both inside and out. Not only are they beautiful to look at they are inviting to spin; sending compassion and loving kindness to all beings! Thank you Joey!

Venerable Amy's visit could only happen in interdependence on so many dedicated people! Special thanks to Suzy Boehm and Linda Saah, who coordinated drivers, volunteers and Venerable Amy's housing host, as well as seeing to innumerable little details behind the scenes.

Thanks go out this week to Dorothy Robson for donating her time, effort and business acumen in dealing with our mold issue in the education building. Thanks also to Dorothy, Jennifer Kozaczek, Jason Jenkins and Jill Marie for cleaning up in the education building in preparation for remediation. Buildings age and we appreciate all those who help keep us safe and healthy!

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